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Silly Old People [Nov. 10th, 2017|10:20 am]
Tony Grist
Silly old people! You should know you're not going to win. The young you mock at for being snowflakes are going to bury you- and serve you right. Have you forgotten your own youth and how the old people groused at you and your culture and ideas- and how you laughed at them? And here you are making the same sort of idiots of yourselves. The young will always have the upper hand. Your children know more than you do and your grandchildren know more than your children.
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[User Picture]From: topum
2017-11-10 12:47 pm (UTC)
I don't fully agree because by the time the young start winning they turn (or start turning) into the old people they pushed around themselves and the overwhelming majority will lose the moral outrage that is a staple of being a late teen. And the old they tortured will be avenged as well because by that time the new more extreme and crazier young will start treating them as old people and laugh at them like they did at the previous generation. Everybody wins and everybody loses in this circle of life. Everybody gets a slice of everything at this buffet.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-11-10 12:54 pm (UTC)
The secret is to stay young, keep abreast of developments and
Don't fall into the trap of criticising things just because they're new.
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[User Picture]From: howlin_wolf_66
2017-11-10 12:58 pm (UTC)
Yep. Adapt to the world you live in or die. Evolution in action.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-11-10 03:22 pm (UTC)
That's a fairly brutal way of putting it- but I don't disagree. Though I don't think I'd support the death sentence for old farts.
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[User Picture]From: howlin_wolf_66
2017-11-10 05:33 pm (UTC)
Rather metaphorical death - death of the outmoded ideas that a person propagates. :-)
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[User Picture]From: topum
2017-11-10 01:24 pm (UTC)
We are products of our experiences to a large degree and someone who had 50 years of it will not easily be on the same page with those with just 20 years of it and I believe that those differences cannot be fully eliminated and are normal. I also cannot attribute the majority of them to just criticising things because they are new or because they are old, although there is a lot of it. But I really don't like it when people act like they know the deepest reasons why the other camp criticises their views (and, surprise, it is always the most primitive ones "They just hate everything new!" or "They are just spoilt snowflakes!").

People want to feel comfortable, safe and have meaning, and because they have different experiences, different things make them feel that way. Nobody has to give up some of their safety, meaning and comfort just to make way for the young or just to respect the old. So this "conflict" is inevitable I think. In my opinion, the key is not to forget about decency in this never ending process and keep it decent, not try to eliminate it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-11-10 03:30 pm (UTC)
Keep it decent? Certainly.
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[User Picture]From: topum
2017-11-10 04:45 pm (UTC)
I find that this is the main problem in sorting those differences out nowadays and not those irreconcilable differences themselves.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2017-11-11 07:30 am (UTC)
Have you become invisible yet? Someone told me many years ago that I would become invisible after age 50. I managed to stave that off until into my 60s, but now I have disappeared for most under the age of 40. I found this out after being crashed into several times in the course of a few hours by younger people, despite being 5'8, rather large and had rather bright dyed red hair at the time. One person even ran a push chair into me and didn't even notice or hear my rather loud "Ouch".
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